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    I need to find a quality cross slide and quick change tool post that I can use on a Smithy Granite 1340. The one supplied is cheaply made and binds. Does anyone have a reference?

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    No. Build one.

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    • #3
      Do you mean "cross slide" or "compound"? In either case, check the gibs for burrs; worked on mine. Any Aloris type tool holder will work with a slight modification. Smithy supplies an elongated "nut" (sorry, don't know the technical name), with a cylindrical OD, except for the hex head, that in conjunction with the original T-bolt, replaces the bolt supplied with the holder. I added a sleeve around the lower part of the T-bolt, independent of the "nut" for more rigidity. You could make the bolt or maybe Smithy will sell you one as a "replacement" ;-)

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      • #4
        <font face="Verdana, Arial" size="2">Originally posted by rmatel:
        Do you mean "cross slide" or "compound"? In either case, check the gibs for burrs; worked on mine. Any Aloris type tool holder will work with a slight modification. Smithy supplies an elongated "nut" (sorry, don't know the technical name), with a cylindrical OD, except for the hex head, that in conjunction with the original T-bolt, replaces the bolt supplied with the holder. I added a sleeve around the lower part of the T-bolt, independent of the "nut" for more rigidity. You could make the bolt or maybe Smithy will sell you one as a "replacement" ;-)</font>

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        • #5
          <font face="Verdana, Arial" size="2">Originally posted by Artpen:
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          Sorry, I meant compound. The compound binds about half way through its travel even with the gib removed. The binding seems to be in the lead screw and nut since I can disconnect the lead screw and move the slide by hand. Also, the floating dial was frozen. I had to disassemble the unit and cut the spring down and polish it before the floating dial would work. I would rather buy a better compound and quick change tool post than try to make one. Have seen the dozen or so plans to make them and they may be a little advanced for me for now. Thanks for your reply.

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          • #6
            gee, how long have you had that compound? Have you talked to Smithy about it?

            BTW, the nut I was trying to describe earlier is like a coupling nut with 90% turned down to fit the inside of the tool holder.

            If you get another compound, your problem is mounting it to the cross slide. You may have to use your old base as an adapter.

            [This message has been edited by rmatel (edited 01-05-2003).]

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            • #7
              Is there a "burr" on the lead screw?

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              • #8
                <font face="Verdana, Arial" size="2">Originally posted by Al Messer:
                Is there a "burr" on the lead screw?</font>
                The lead screw appears to be smooth. I felt the threads and looked at it under a glass. When I roll the screw on a flat surface, it appears to be slightly bent. I don't know if it is bent or was machined that way. This is a new Smithy that I have just received.

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                • #9
                  Sounds like a warrantee thing!! If at first you don't succeed, bitch like hell. They need to know of this 'factory defect' so they can correct the problem. You are probably not the only one to get one bad. Things like this seem to multiply and they need to know.

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                  • #10
                    Artpen,

                    This sure sounds like a warrantee isssue to me also. I'm expecting mine to arrive next week and will definitly be checking it out completly. Let us know how it works out.


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                    • #11
                      <font face="Verdana, Arial" size="2">Originally posted by ralenr:
                      Artpen,

                      This sure sounds like a warrantee isssue to me also. I'm expecting mine to arrive next week and will definitly be checking it out completly. Let us know how it works out.

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                      I have sent several emails to Smith, but have not yet received a reply. Have not had time to phone them, but will tomorrow.

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                      • #12
                        I was at Smithy this afternoon and mentioned your problem. They will swap out any part that is defective. The phone is the best way to contact them.

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                        • #13
                          <font face="Verdana, Arial" size="2">Originally posted by ralenr:
                          Artpen,

                          This sure sounds like a warrantee isssue to me also. I'm expecting mine to arrive next week and will definitly be checking it out completly. Let us know how it works out.

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                          Just for information. My Smithy was shipped to Yakima, WA via Roadway. When I went to pick it up I found that someone had run the forks of a fork lift through both boxes of the stand. Totally destroyed them. Also, the top of the lathe box was broken open. I checked the lathe at the warehouse. It looked ok except for some missing paint that the drip tray and joining plate had scraped off (they come in the big box), so I accepted it. Smithy sent the two replacement stands via FEDEX. One had the door sprung in but I was able to repair it. I finally got everything assembled and working and then found the problem with the compound. Also, I don't think that Smithy does all the factory checks that their video says they do. The chuck jumped off the spindle when I first started the unit. The cam locks were set wrong. Luckily it didn't ding the ways. After I got all the adjustments made and the 15 minute run in done, I checked out the mill and it works great. Had difficulty getting a good turning cut on the lathe because the tool post requires a lot of shimming to get the cutting bit set correctly. Also, the "packs" that come with the lathe are minimal. I am buying quite a bit of extra tooling to get started. I installed the speed reducer set. It really slows the system down, but still seems to cut OK. Supposed to be a must for threading. Hope your shipment goes better than mine.

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                          • #14
                            <font face="Verdana, Arial" size="2">Originally posted by rmatel:
                            I was at Smithy this afternoon and mentioned your problem. They will swap out any part that is defective. The phone is the best way to contact them.</font>
                            Thanks for the help. I have the phone call planned for Wednesday.

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                            • #15
                              <font face="Verdana, Arial" size="2">Originally posted by rmatel:
                              I was at Smithy this afternoon and mentioned your problem. They will swap out any part that is defective. The phone is the best way to contact them.</font>
                              I called Smithy and they are shipping a new compound. Thanks

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